Temescal Peak (the highest point in Topanga State Park) has a 7.6-mile round trip trail that takes you through the Santa Monica Mountains between the Pacific Palisades and Topanga State Park. There is about 1,500 ft of elevation gain along this route.
What Makes It Great
The ridge runs north to south from Santa Ynez Canyon and Temescal Canyon in Topanga State Park. At the summit of Temescal Peak, you'll be treated to a 360-degree view from one of the highest points in the Santa Monica Mountains. From here, you can see Santa Monica Bay, the city of Los Angeles, and nearby Eagle Rock.
Who is Going to Love It
This is a moderately difficult trail, so it's geared more towards bold intermediates and experienced riders. There are some technical rocky sections and steep, quick climbs. It's a great workout and has some fast singletrack sections. It's a multiuse trail so be prepared to yield to hikers.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The Temescal Peak Trail has free access even though it enters Topanga State Park, which normally requires a fee. This is a beautiful trail to run, ride, or hike, but it can get hot during the summer months, so keep that in mind. The route is moderately difficult for most. Enjoy!
Directions from Hikespeak.com:From Sunset Boulevard, half a mile east of PCH, head north on Palisades Drive. After 3.3 miles, continue straight on Chastain Parkway for another half a mile. Turn right on Via Las Palmas, and drive two short blocks up to the trailhead parking on the left. The trail will be on the right.